FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Vanderbilt women’s track and field team finished Day 1 of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a new school record in the pentathlon, three scoring performances, and a dozen season- and career-best performances. Several Commodore student-athletes also improved their standings or overall performances on program top 10 lists.
Both Dores in the pentathlon, graduate student Beatrice Juskeviciute and senior Jada Sims, had career-best performances. Juskeviciute broke the school record with her score of 4,271 points and earned a silver medal. She currently ranks sixth in the NCAA. Juskeviciute posted career-best performances in the 60-meter hurdles (8.40) and long jump (5.92) and a season-best performance in the shot put (13.48). Sims’ scoring performance earned eighth place overall and the No. 4 spot on Vanderbilt’s top 10 list. She ran a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing the race in 8.89.
Graduate student Taiya Shelby PRed in the 800 meters with her time of 2:04.25, only 0.01 short of the school record. She shaved over a second off of her previous personal-best time. She will run again tomorrow in the finals.
In the 5,000 meters, senior Niki Narayani finished fifth overall with her time of 16:17.82. Her scoring performance was a personal best and ranks No. 2 in program history. She previously held the fifth-fastest time on the list.
Freshman Santana Spearman improved her personal-best time and standing on Vanderbilt’s top 10 list with her 8.58 mark in the 60-meter hurdles. She used to rank seventh and now ranks sixth on the list.
In the 400-meter dash, graduate student Brooke Overholt ran a career-best time of 53.82 and senior Kaira Brown ran a season-best 55.49.
In the mile, junior Joslin Blair had a personal best performance, finishing in 5:52.16.
Tomorrow’s events will begin at 2:15 p.m. on the field and at 5:12 p.m. on the track.
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